Pinterest: Are you Pinning It Right?
We will soon be started a series here on My Personal Accent that will be all about DIY blogging; Confessions of a Blogaholic! This series will cover how you can start a blog, tips to help improve your blog, how to gain traffic, tutorials, and more! We are starting the series off a little early to talk about the hottest topic around Pinterest!
With all of the Pin It parties, our own Thursday Blog Strut, and the new PINcentive Blog Hop, learning how to pin the right way is important. I know it seems simple, and it is, but what happens if you cannot find a Pin it button on the post? Or maybe you own a blog and don't know how to add share links or a Pin it button to your blog?
Confessions of a Blogaholic is here to help!
Here we will cover the basics of Pinterest use. We will assume that we all know how Pinterest, the largest online pin board, actually works. If you are not familiar with it yet, that is another post, but you can catch up here: What is Pinterest?
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It seems pretty straightforward but everyone has their blog set up differently. Therefore, finding how to pin the post might prove to be a bit difficult. The general rule of thumb is to look at the top and bottom of the post. This is generally where you will find your Pinterest or Pin It buttons.
Here are some examples:
[caption id="attachment_4663" align="aligncenter" width="561"] Screenshot from My Personal Accent (top)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4665" align="aligncenter" width="341"] Screenshot from Crafty Wife (bottom)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4666" align="aligncenter" width="591"] Screenshot from My Personal Accent (top)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4671" align="aligncenter" width="223"] Screenshot from Cropped Stories[/caption]
Once you find the Pin It or Pinterest button, you can click on it. From there you will be taken to a screen that looks like this:
It is always common courtesy to make sure the blog's name is in there. So for this one I would add "from My Personal Accent" but this isn't necessary, just a nice thing to do. It also does not hurt to add hashtags. For the particular example above after I add the blog title I might add #puzzles #kidsgames #matchinggames.
Sometimes you may find yourself at a screen that looks like this:
Once you click on the Pin It button, a pop up identical to the first picture above will appear. Here you can select the board you want the pin to go on or create a new board. You can also add or modify the given description. Remember, it is proper pinning etiquette to at least include the blog's name.
Say you have found a blog post you really like, an idea, or even a news article, but there is no Pin It button. Is all hope lost? Of course not! Navigate in a new tab/window to www.Pinterest.com. From there you can log in. Do you see your picture in the top right hand corner with the little plus sign next to it? Click it. It will give you a drop down menu of a few options.
Add from a website will allow you put the URL in of the post or page you want to pin. Upload a pin will allow you to select a picture on your computer to upload and make as a pin. This is generally good for info graphics, quotes, or graphics only.
When you click Add from a website this little box will pop up. Notice I already pasted the URL.
In order to get the URL, go back to the window or tab with the blog post or page, highlight the text in the address bar, right click with your mouse, and choose copy. Alternatively, once the URL is highlighted you can press CTRL + C (hold down the CTRL button and then press C).
Go back to the Pinterest window and right click in the box where you would type and select Paste, or you can also press CTRL + V. Then click Find images.
When you click Find Images this is the page that will come up. Generally speaking, if you can, you want to pin the image that has the title of the blog post.
Clicking on the image will bring you back to this familiar screen. Select the board you would like to pin this to. As you seen I have selected the appropriate image with the title on it, however, the description does not show up. I can easily see the title in the thumbnail, so I could write Dazzling Hanging Glass Bird Feeder from My Personal Accent #birdfeeders #spring #diy
Pinterest has made it even easier for you. You can now download an easy to use extension for your browser and pin any post or page you'd like!
You can download the toolbar for your specific browser by going to Pinterest Goodies.
Scroll down on the Goodies page until you see The Pin It Button. The website will automatically detect your browser and allow you to download the extension. Once you click Install Now, you will need to accept and it will take a few seconds to install. Usually this will give you a little Pinterest Button in your toolbar you can click.
This is how it looks in Chrome. You may see the Pinterest icon directly. Since I have a couple of extensions, I must click the little arrows next to my address bar, a little menu will come down and then I can click Pinterest.
I will then be taken back to this familiar screen where I can choose the image I want to pin.
Alternatively, you can click the Pinterest Bookmarklet link, or some browsers such as Safari will automatically direct you to it. With the bookmarklet you just need to hold down on the Pin It button with your mouse, and drag it up into your toolbar, which is next to or underneath where you put in web addresses. This will behave and react exactly the same as the extension we have shown above.